The amazing Guy Clark has died. He passed in Nashville this morning (May 17, 2016) after a long illness. He was 74. The troubadours whiskey-soaked voice was familiar to millions of country and folk fans.
The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Famer had been battling cancer for years.
Clark was born in Texas on November 6, 1941. He was the son of a lawyer stayed in the lone star state until his jump to Nashville, where he spent the last 40 years.
He was an amazingly deep thoughtful writer who’s tunes were recorded by Johnny Cash, Ricky Skaggs, Rodney Crowell, Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill, Brad Paisley, Alan Jackson, George Strait, Bobby Bare, Jimmy Buffett, Kenny Chesney, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson and legions of others.
Robert K. Oermann called him, “The patron saint of an entire generation of bohemian pickers, Guy Clark has become an emblem of artistic integrity, quiet dignity and simple truth,”
Vince Gill said, “I think he may be the greatest storyteller of all, for me. He paints the coolest pictures of all.”
Clark’s tune, “That Old Time Feeling, opened with the lines, “That old time feeling goes sneaking down the hall, like an old grey cat in winter, keepin’ close to the wall.”
Clark would often get asked about his music in the 60’s. “People come up and say, ‘What was it like back then?’ Well, how would I know? I was (messed) up. I don’t remember. Things changed, and you’ve got to be true to yourself. You’ve got to do the work. But when someone asks what that was like… it was like yesterday.” – by John Beaudin